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control of the port. we will see. if it does come it becomes a new venue that the ports would have management control over directly. the port would put out an rfp that we would offer through different locations. pier 1.5 adjacent to the port headquarters building, and then if it comes to pass, the south beach marina doc would be the third of the three locations the port controls that we would have an agreement with to use as a taxi stand essentially. we wish to issue an rfq by men oay of this year to gauge debate. there is still need for financing in debate to build the boats. they are not cheap to build or cheap to buy. we hope to attract a viable
operator. we will aggressively distribute this to maritime and entertainment industries, as well as advertise in trade magazines, websites. if we received more than one commercially-viable proposal, port suckled judged response based on experience, financial capability, and our mental initiative. th-- environmental initiative. this would come back to the commission clearly. a couple of quick things. i think it is important to note, and i have had dialogue with a number of the tenets. there are concerns that a water taxi service would impact commercially our current good tenets of the port of san francisco. that is not the intent of this offering.
we do not want them to compete with ferry boats. we will not allow them to dock at port ferry facilities. we will not allow them to do dining or entertainment. this would clearly be a water taxi service. i know there are concerns. you have our work we will work with the current customers. we will make sure their issues are addressed, and we will not bring it back to the port commission until we have everyone on the same page and a good business plan to present to you. with that, that is our informational item. we look forward coming back to you this spring with a proposal for a five-year written agreement with an operator to be known later. i will answer any questions later on. thank you. president woo ho: we do have
some speaker cards for public comment now. taylor zucker. >> good afternoon, commissioners. i am with the president blue and gold fleet. i appreciate the comments today, and i want to make the commission aware that the prior components of the taxi service, and i headed number of discussions about the viability of the service, and where he was going with that, and it was clear to me the intent was to really use it as a springboard to get into the excursion business, and potentially to use public facilities to potentially compete with the 20 votes that blue and gold has on the bay. i just wanted to make sure the commission was aware of that, and we craft the rfp as nearly as possible to protect the interests of the existing tenants and the infrastructure rebuild and try to build over
time. thank you. president woo ho: captain ray. >> thank you for the opportunity to speak to you. i do not get a chance to get here that often. welcome to me. i represent the masters sister. we would both like to make some comments regarding this issue. we both had an agreement with the water taxi l l c, and we're looking forward to that bill in a foreword. the gentleman wasn't able to secure the financing that he probably needed for the service. we don't have any problem with the water taxi service. lead to narrow the definition of
what we're going to do here. we suggest that those intentions be reflected the. so that it is absolutely clear to the prospective raiders that we are -- what they are getting themselves into. i would like to say thank you for the time and the ability to speak to you. >> is there any other public comment on item 11? commissioners? >> i have been involved in the ground work process of the development. we want to construct a really cohesive idea. i work in conjunction with george, a founder and pioneer
with maritime logistics' in addition to san francisco port development. the sustainable business model based on the parties here today, will apply to say that we are here to work in conjunction with the competition. other cities as well the post taxi services. we feel that we are in a very good position to support the existing community. how to introduce myself as a maritime individual.
the contract, help us develop a program. we have really dynamic idea. the other areas of the bay might like to have something like this. >> is there any further public comment? >> when we first put this out and had the proposal, i don't think there was ever an intent that the service would duplicate or try to compete with other services. i assume we can craft a proposal about what this is?
>> if there are concerns, the beauty of the three facilities we have identified, they are going to be monitored very closely. the harbor bay marina, it is man to 365, 24 hours a day. we will work closely, crafted narrowly. lien gives some people some flexibility in terms of the viability. clearly, we don't want to harm to the customers. it is not the intent of this proposal.
>> if we don't take back to the south beach harbor, is there an opportunity to create a landing? >> is fully in accessible the whoever would takeover, we can craft an agreement with them. just the change in the redevelopment agency status has put it somewhat in flux. and this offering in the next couple of weeks. >> it seems you have completed the loop on the waterfront. >> you are going point to point. and it is an on-call service, you're not going to be competing. it is a narrowly defined rfp. >> i am very anxious to hear who
decomposers, what they have to suggest to us. the point to a point of water taxi, if i want to get to fisherman's wharf pretty quick, and if i want to get down to the ferry building, i will take it to the central waterfront. >> i know you're trying to encourage more participation, but to the extent that we can put in some language to where and if possible, a cleaner approach. it seems there might be more opportunities there.
and then to commissioner crowley's point, those listening to the point you made, the briefing that we received, the request is for them not to compete with existing diving excursions. it may be concerns that are out there. >> i had a couple of questions related to one concept that i guess wasn't on the waterfront, it was more on the riverfront. it was a little bit wider, bigger boats and things like that. it does get you from place to place, and i don't know if the concept -- or if you have to
actually call. is it something that people can depend upon? these points are all determined, and if that is something we can get clarification. i am just relating to my and experience which was a very pleasant experience on the water taxi there. just to encourage that we can go to the other places that you referenced. i guess it will make it more attractive to be able to go to some of the places where we don't have control.
locals. i am here to show presents. -- presence and make a statement that we are ready to take on the american cup and do the work. there will still be cargo and things moved on those socks. we have had comments and in meetings and negotiations. it is aware that they are ready to do it. we experience the high-volume cargo, we have the trained work
moving of the cargo on the dock. it is set up as an event at the general public doesn't realize that the talks have been used for cargo, and the word that there are 200 containers going in and out. we want to make sure that they were used. i am just making this comment we have been around for many years in san francisco and through of the bay area. i wanted to make a point. i understand why time is up. >> christa?
>> my mother has been a longshoreman for 21 years now. i want to speak in favor of doing labour work for america's cup. it's important here supported by the city of san francisco because of their long history for the union. >> thank you. patrick kim? >> i am the secretary treasurer. the marine clerks, right next to at&t ballpark.
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>> i want to thank everyone for joining us. this is a special hearing. this hearing is a product of a partnership of the human rights commission kickoff this year with new c. hastings college of law went to students region with two students. she is moving so quickly she is already moving to new york, where she is going to do a special project. it was the work of these students the main this hearing happen, -- that made this hearing happen. i want to thank them and their professor. these students took a particular interest in what the war on drugs looks like, and this critical effort they put into
organizing this meeting as well as the artwork and materials they created were essential to this project, and without it, we would not be here this evening. i want to thank our city partners for joining us this evening. the department of public health and mental health board members, the san francisco youth commission, the director of san francisco collaborative justice program, and the san francisco police department, and i would like to acknowledge the police chief who is with us this evening. thank you. before we start, i want to make one other acknowledgment. is cecilia's still here? cecilia has been on the
commission for the last seven years. she was appointed last week, and our loss is the health commission postgame. this is the fifth -- the house commissions gain. this is the first time she will not be here, and i want to thank her for all her efforts and wish her the best in her new position, and i want to call on two commissioners who will be leaving this hearing. -- leading this hearing. why don't you take over at this point?
>> i am susan christian. good evening. thank you for coming tonight. i am probably the newest member, and it is an honor for me to serve on this commission for the city and county of san francisco. i just want to say a few words before we get going. first, we are here to listen. from a number of experts and from any public speakers interested in addressing the topic of this hearing. tonight we are not going to take up the question of whether drugs or narcotics should be
legalized. what we want to look at is the affect of criminalization and the sanctions that have been placed on narcotics use and abuse. we want to hear what these things have done to our communities. i worked as a prosecutor in san francisco, and i feel privileged to do so, given the fact that i was hired by harris and that i continue to have the pleasure to work with the district attorney. both of these leaders have progressive visions about what crime is and how to deal with it in a community as diverse as san francisco. we are talking about a war on drugs tonight, and that is a federal creation, but it means different things to different people, and that is one thing we are going to talk about tonight. e